Ohio Republicans revived attacks on Planned Parenthood on Wednesday, once again threatening to redirect federal money away from the women’s health care provider to send to other community health clinics instead.
The proposed legislation would create a priority list for awarding federal family planning funds and place Planned Parenthood at the bottom. The result would be an elimination of $1.7 million for birth control and preventative health care screenings for breast and cervical cancer.
But because some Planned Parenthood clinics also provide abortions, supporters of the bill believe the clinic should lose out on all family planning dollars. Beth Lonn, interim chief executive officer for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, said the organizationís 32 clinics statewide provide several vital screenings, mainly for poverty-level patients, and abortions are only a small part of the services the agency provides. She said if the federal funding is lost, services wonít be eliminated but patients will have to pay more of the costs.
Proponents of the bill had hoped to move the bill through the House by the end of May. But Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R) chairman of the Health and Aging panel, said the timeline was not likely to be met because of plans to hold one more hearing.
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